PHOTOGRAPHY: ALEXANDROS PAPADOPOLOUS
MODEL: RACHEL TURNER
The pixellated print used in the final garment is my own design - screen printed with flock that then has a layer of red millinery veiling placed on top and secured with beading.
Fuchsia is the sister of Titus, heir of Gormenghast. Adolescent and changeable, she is profoundly affected by the absence of a mother figure and extremely eccentric and introverted.
Looking at fifties youth subcultures I have based her character primarily on teddy girls from this period who also felt alienated from the rest of society, as Fuchsia does with the hierarchy of the castle, and also in having to conform to female stereotypes of perfect beauty.
She therefore contrasts with Irma's character, providing a different more androgynous femininity that counteracts everything that Irma strives for.